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Sep 13, 2021
The Ecuador Country Private Sector Diagnostic provides IFC & World Bank analysis of private investment opportunities, constraints, and policy recommendations.
English | 196 pages | 2021 IFC
Sep 9, 2021
The Vietnam Country Private Sector Diagnostic provides IFC & World Bank analysis of private investment opportunities, constraints, and policy recommendations.
English | 123 pages | 2021 IFC
Sep 1, 2021
Nutrient requirements are frequently not met due to the limited availability and affordability of an adequately diverse diet that includes plant-and animal-source foods. Food fortification refers to the addition of one or more nutrients to a food, during or after processing. The industrial fortification of foods started almost 100 years ago to address diseases/disorders of public health concern resulting from inadequate intake of specific micronutrients from the population’s food base. Due to these early successes, fortification continues to be an important strategy to ensure the required intake of nutrients where they are not adequately supplied by the normal diet.
English | 47 pages | IFC 2021
Aug 3, 2021
Today, steel is present in virtually every aspect of people’s lives, from homes and hospitals to roads and other infrastructure that provide the foundation for social and economic development. Steel is among the world’s most recycled materials, with circular economy practices incorporated into various stages of the production cycle. Yet the high-temperature heat vital to its production process still requires large amount of energy. Hence, the iron and steel sector remains among the largest consumers of energy and emitters of carbon dioxide, accounting for 6 to 7 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
English | 15 pages | IFC 2021
Aug 3, 2021
Plastics are the building blocks of many value chains, including packaging, health care, construction, aviation, logistics, clothing, and increasingly, the recycling industry. They play a vital role in driving industrial development, creating jobs, expanding opportunities, and generating wealth to improve people’s lives. But as the use of plastic has increased, so too have the environmental and social costs. The production process uses petrochemicals as a raw material and generates greenhouse gas emissions. Perhaps the biggest cost is the waste generated by discarded plastic goods. Most of the common plastics of today are not fully biodegradable, and that has created a cascade of environmental, financial, and health problems around the world.
English | 17 pages | IFC 2021
Aug 3, 2021
Glass is present in a myriad of products used in both daily life and manufacturing, from beverage containers to windows to fiber optic cables. Its many properties and affordable cost make it an essential material for development, whether in the construction of houses and high rises where people live and work or for use in industries such as agribusiness and automaking.
English | 18 pages | IFC 2021
Aug 2, 2021
A comprehensive assessment of the global impact investing market with estimates of the market size, including publicly and privately managed impact assets.
Aug 1, 2021
This document illustrates how gender-responsive climate-smart mining (CSM) strategies are good for business and good for the planet. It outlines entry points for gender considerations within the pillars of the CSM Initiative and enlists recommendations for different stakeholders such as companies, government and civil society to engage.
Jul 29, 2021
The COVID–19 outbreak has significantly impacted infrastructure development and the global economy. International response to the rapid disruption to key infrastructure sectors and industries is ongoing. IFC’s COVID–19 infrastructure sector notes provide a quick and short analyses on the impact of the pandemic on different infrastructure sectors while proposing recommendations for an effective response to this global crisis.
English | 2020 IFC
Jul 28, 2021
Subnational governments in emerging market cities have undoubtedly felt the brunt of the COVID-19 crisis. Cities have been at the forefront of the pandemic, given both the impact it has had on their budgets and their citizens, and their central role in managing it. In our October 2020 note, we shared thoughts on what the crisis could mean for cities. More than a year after the crisis first hit, we now project gradual recovery for subnational governments in the second half of 2021 and 2022. This should support investment and lending activity by development finance institutions (DFIs) to help address infrastructure needs globally.
English | 5 pages | IFC 2021
Jul 28, 2021
The report presents the results from the first round of research data—which provide a benchmark for measuring the business case for workplace responses. Impact to business will be measured through additional data collection efforts in 2021 and 2022.
Jul 22, 2021
This case study presents findings and recommendations of a survey done in 2020 by IFC in partnership with Standard Chartered Bank Tanzania under the Finance2Equal Tanzania program. The study explores family-friendly workplace policies implemented by the bank and how employers can implement gender-smart strategies that support gender inclusion and yield benefits for companies.
Jul 19, 2021
The report, Public Sector Advisory Operations in Fragile African Markets, presents lessons learned and recommendations for improving project delivery of public sector advisory projects aimed at supporting governments' finance, private sector, and entrepreneurship agenda in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCS) in sub-Saharan Africa.
Jul 19, 2021
The Malawi Country Private Sector Diagnostic (CPSD) provides IFC & World Bank analysis of growth and investment opportunities, constraints, & policy recommendations for private sector development.
English | 129 pages | 2021 IFC
Jul 8, 2021
These country snapshots look at the state of business operations in countries across the Middle East and Africa and how businesses are navigating the challenges wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. The notes look at three main areas: The financial health and resilience of the MSME sector in the country, the crisis response and future plans of businesses, and MSME support needed from governments and financial institutions.
Jul 6, 2021
Tropical Cyclone Yasa (TC Yasa) crossed Fiji on December 17-19, 2020. It was one of the strongest cyclones recorded in the Pacific and the second Category 5 cyclone to hit Fiji since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared.
Jul 2, 2021
Jul 2, 2021
Blended concessional finance, the combination of commercial finance from the private sector and development finance institutions (DFIs) with concessional finance from public and other sources, is increasingly being used by DFIs to support developmentally important projects where normal DFI or commercial finance is not available because of the high risks involved.
English | 8 pages—July—Note 105 | IFC 2021
Jun 30, 2021
The strategy for sustainable hydropower development described in this document aims to balance conservation and development as well as minimize the negative environmental and social impacts of hydropower projects in the basin.
334 pages | © June 2021 IFC | Complimentary
Jun 29, 2021
An IFC Sourcing2Equal study on gender-inclusive sourcing to understand the barriers that women-owned SMEs face in accessing procurement contracts in the private sector in Kenya
Jun 28, 2021
The Mozambique CPSD provides IFC & World Bank analysis of growth and investment opportunities, constraints and policy recommendations.
English | 246 pages | 2021 IFC
Jun 25, 2021
To maintain the pace of IFC 3.0 implementation within the context of sustained fiscal discipline in a pandemic-constrained environment, IFC requires the appropriate financial, administrative, and IT capacity. IFC is proposing a 1 percent real budget increase for FY22.
English | 36 pages | 2021 IFC
Jun 25, 2021
Tanzania’s financial services sector is an important engine of economic growth and includes banks, financial institutions, insurance companies, and credit reference bureaus.
Jun 22, 2021
Bangladesh Country Private Sector Diagnostic (CPSD) evaluates constraints to realizing private sector potential, identifies strategic entry points for private investment.
English | 172 pages | 2021 IFC
Jun 21, 2021
The digital economy 1 can offer a new and promising path forward for people seeking employment across the globe. Online platforms are altering the future of work, reducing barriers to entry and blurring the distinction between formal and informal labor.
English | 75 pages | 2021 IFC